Where Was Zuckerberg During Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Damage Control Session?

As Facebook handles damage control in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Mark Zuckerberg refused to show up at Tuesday’s company meeting, The Daily Beast reported. Employees were briefed on Facebook’s relationship with the London-based big data firm that may have used the private information of 50 million users, but Zuckerberg has been keeping a low profile. The revelations on Cambridge Analytica are especially troubling since Steve Bannon was once its vice president, the firm was hired by President Donald Trump‘s campaign, and it reportedly targeted Facebook users with personalized ads during the 2016 election. Tuesday’s meeting was the first one held by the company to address growing concerns over the exact role of the firm as it relates to Facebook and the Trump campaign, but since Zuckerberg was MIA, Paul Grewal, a company attorney, led the session instead, The Daily Beast said. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg Continue reading "Where Was Zuckerberg During Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Damage Control Session?"

Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Sues to Break Free of NDA and Tell Her Story on Alleged Trump Tryst

Ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal is suing to get out of a legal deal silencing her on her alleged affair with President Donald Trump. Karen McDougal launched the suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against American Media Inc., owner of The National Enquirer, saying A.M.I. shelled out $150,000 to keep her quiet, The New York Times reported. McDougal says Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, played a role in discussions between her and A.M.I. and that she was misled about the legal agreement she signed, according to the outlet. She also claims A.M.I. threatened her with “considerable monetary damages” following her communication with The New Yorker a month ago, saying “any further disclosures would breach Karen’s contract.” In a statement sent to The Times, McDougal’s lawyer, Peter Stirs, said A.M.I. engaged in “a multifaceted effort to silence Continue reading "Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Sues to Break Free of NDA and Tell Her Story on Alleged Trump Tryst"

Rose McGowan Tapes Cryptic Birthday Wish For Harvey Weinstein: ‘Happy F*cking Birthday’

In a particularly dark video message, actress Rose McGowan wished Harvey Weinstein a happy birthday. Sort of. Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, the cryptic post appeared on Twitter, hashtagged #RoseArmy. “Happy birthday, Harvey Weinstein,” McGowan said. “I told you we’d be coming. I told you 20 years ago if I heard of you doing this to another girl or a woman, we would come for you—I would come for you.” Moving the camera closer to her face, she said, “Happy fucking birthday, from all of us.”  Then, just before the video ends, she whispered, “We win.” As one of the #MeToo movement’s first leaders, McGowan has been an outspoken force against Weinstein, who she says raped her in 1997. Following the alleged assault, she received a $100,000 payout, Continue reading "Rose McGowan Tapes Cryptic Birthday Wish For Harvey Weinstein: ‘Happy F*cking Birthday’"

Ben Carson Throws Wife Under The Bus Before House Cmte: She’s Responsible For $31K Dining Set

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been getting some heat for his new dining set with a $31,000 price tag. His response? It wasn’t me. At a Congressional hearing Tuesday, Carson claimed his wife chose the color and the style, ultimately choosing the expensive table. In comments flagged CBS reporter Katie Watson, Carson said the final decision was left up to her. Carson also said he wasn’t aware of the cost until it emerged in the news. “I have many much more important things to deal with,” he said during the hearing. HUD has also deflected the blame with a similar response, saying Ms. Carson took part in the selection process.

Alan Dershowitz Rips Dems For Fueling Rumors That Trump Wants Mueller Fired: ‘No Conceivable Reason’

Amid ongoing speculation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be next in President Donald Trump‘s string of firings, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Democrats are the ones fueling the fire. “I can’t see any conceivable reason why the president would even consider firing Mueller,” Dershowitz told Fox News’s Sandra Smith in an interview Tuesday. However, Dershowitz backed the president’s claims that Mueller should have never been hired in the first place. “First of all, the President’s 100 percent right,” Dershowitz said. “There never should have been an appointment of special counsel and there was no probable cause at that point to believe that crimes have been committed. I’ve seen no evidence to suggest that crimes have been committed by the president.” Meanwhile Trump has been rounding up his legal team, taking to Twitter Monday to call the Russia investigation “a total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!” Continue reading "Alan Dershowitz Rips Dems For Fueling Rumors That Trump Wants Mueller Fired: ‘No Conceivable Reason’"

Parkland Survivors Tweet to Students at School Shooting in Maryland: ‘We Are Here For You’

As news breaks of yet another shooting at an American high school, the survivors of the Parkland, FL massacre are tweeting out messages of support. On Tuesday morning, students were reportedly trapped inside Great Mills High School in Maryland as a shooting unfolded. They’ve since begun evacuating as FBI and ATF agents arrive on the scene to investigate. Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s Delaney Tarr, who has been outspoken on the need for gun control, sent out a note encouraging a Great Mills student to stay strong. Emma Gonzalez, also a prominent voice in the #NeverAgain movement for gun control, assured Great Mills high schoolers the Parkland survivors would be there for them.

Sarah Sanders Counters Reports: H.R. McMaster Isn’t Going Anywhere

The White House is now pushing back on reports that President Donald Trump decided to fire National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, saying there is no change occurring. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to deny the claims, which were first reported by The Washington Post. News of the rumored ousting quickly spread across the media, which The Post said was confirmed by “five people with knowledge of the plans.” Despite Sanders’s denial, reporters remain skeptical, and FOX‘s Fin Gomez found one official who corroborated The Post‘s claims.